John H. Groberg, a middle class kid from Idaho Falls, crosses the Pacific to become a Mormon missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan island kingdom during the 1950's. He leaves behind a loving family and the true love of his life, Jean. Through letters and musings across the miles, John shares his humbling and sometimes hilarious adventures with "the girl back home", and her letters buoy up his spirits in difficult times. John must struggle to overcome language barriers, physical hardship and deep-rooted suspicion to earn the trust and love of the Tongan people he has come to serve. Throughout his adventure-filled three years on the islands, he discovers friends and wisdom in the most unlikely places. John H. Groberg's Tongan odyssey will change his life forever.
Lisa C (us) wrote: A slow burner of a thriller to begin with, this Dutch film explores how a mundane well -to -do family's unit becomes slowly entangled deeper and deeper into a mysterious vagrant's (character of "Borgman") manipulations. What starts out as Borgman being physically molested by the patriach of the family, soon becomes clear that Borgman is the tiny devil orchestrating his way deviously into the family. Soon we see he is the mysterious magician of sorts to atroupe of characters who take part in these chatades with him when needed. though to what end is part of the unnerving puzzle. Channeling German director Haneke, of "Cache" and "Funny Games" fame, the dark humor tinged thriller is frightening in an original way.
Larry Y (it) wrote: another throwback to 80's/90s straight to video action movies
stephen t (au) wrote: very poor film with some realy bad acting
Toh H (nl) wrote: i guess it got too boring for me. but i like the visuals.
David S (kr) wrote: Gotta be honest, was pretty letdown by this. I went into it with high expectations and I caught myself dosing off during it.
Bank K (kr) wrote: A potent mixture of comedy, heartfelt family relationship, and a bit of political satire during The Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Elaine M (ca) wrote: Very unspecial teen summer movie following Irish 17-year-old Frankie Griffin as he endures a long empty summer between finishing school and receiving his exam results. The accent is convincing right through, especially by Jared Leto, and the acting is fine (and Christina Ricci chearleading on a bus is worth sitting through the whole movie for), but really the movie is lame, and the way the storyline develops towards the end is horrific. Catherine O'Hara actually has one of the more respectable characters, and she's completely mental in this (but brilliantly acted), and the rest are just all horrible boring people. Don't bother unless you are criminally obsessed with Christina Ricci, which of course I am not...
Price H (br) wrote: Good mid ninties thriller/drama.
Jack S (it) wrote: Awesome creature effects and a zany script keep this live action cartoon in the green.
Kyle M (es) wrote: Great cast with their charming performances to make this rom-com the most fun to watch with heart, hilarity, charm and a nice theoretic insight. (B+)(Full review coming soon)
Michael A (br) wrote: Boring adaptation of a ficticious book alluding to certain inuendo in personal letters of Ms. Stuckley, does not make a good movie. I think part of the reason this was made is to make today's politicians (or their public) feel better about themselves, but in the end it is wholly unbelievable. At least the did not show the sex scenes.
Juli S (au) wrote: The story line is a mash-up of Blue Valentine and The Affair, both of which do it better.